Using Vespa rear rack
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Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:43 pm quote
I just installed a rear rack on my LX150, the kind that is spring loaded to stay in the vertical position. I just had to have this and now I can't really figure out the best way to use it. How are people using this rack? Do you strap it down? Do you use bungees to hold packages on the rack? Will it crush packages if it is not strapped down? Or do you affix permanent bags or boxes to the rack? Newbie needs suggestions.
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Wed Aug 06, 2008 6:58 pm quote
I keep mine tied down with 2 zip-ties. I just tie stuff down to it with bungee cords or a bungee net.

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Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:07 pm quote
I keep mine up most of the time. If I want to use it I velcro it down and then put a Martha Stewart basket on it. I use tire tie downs or velcro or bungee cords or some combination. Once I carried a little cooler with a bungee net.

http://www.modernvespa.com/forum/topic31740
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Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:51 pm quote
Terrific. I love the basket. Looks like just what I need. Thanks for the replies!
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Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:04 pm quote
There are a few threads on this. I have two zip ties and keep mine down all the time. I add a plastic milk crate with zip ties for major chores/carrying, and remove it when I don't need it. But I always keep the rack down and actually use it every day. I carry a couple bungees and bungee net in the pet carrier, so I have been able to carry lots of stuff without having to think about it too much. The Martha Stewart basket is much nicer looking than my milk crate. But I think everything looks nice on a yellow Vespa.
I think I need to take out stock in a zip tie company though. The velcro sounds good. You can get some pretty heavy duty velcro.

I tossed the little plastic holder in a drawer. I read several posts on MV that they break easily, so many years from now I will pull it out when the scooter is for sale.
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Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:10 pm quote
Tossing the plastic holder in a drawer for later is a great idea. I have mine down all the time with the stock plastic clip. On that I have an "improved" (a little larger and nicer looking) milk crate from Target on the rack. I think I'll adopt your zip tie idea to hold the rack down so I don't lose/break the clip.
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:05 am quote
I just fold it down when I need it and then use a strap or bungee cords to hold the item on. When not being used, it stays upright.
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:53 am quote
Here's the other recent thread about the fold down rack:
Rear Rack tiedown

I'll just add here I really like Rok Straps for tie-downs. I use them to secure a day pack for commuting (no fancy milk crate for me ). Easy to use, and convenient, I leave them on the scooter all the time. I picked up a set with EZ-air tire gauge (a popular, often recommended product) from BestRest Products.

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Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:44 am quote
michael_h wrote:
I just fold it down when I need it and then use a strap or bungee cords to hold the item on. When not being used, it stays upright.
Yup. bungees stored around the base of the rack, unobtrusive. And if I need to carry something small/skinny it's a quick solution to just slip it between the two halves, and let the spring force hold the object. My SO throws her purse in there when she's lazy. I always wonder if someone's going to pinch it off the scoot at a red light, but it hasn't happened yet.
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:44 pm quote
Might be a girl thing, I need a place to put my purse, my gloves, other stuff while I get the seat open and the jacket and helmet on. After a while I just find it handier to have it ready to go.
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:48 pm quote
G Bowman wrote:
Might be a girl thing, I need a place to put my purse, my gloves, other stuff while I get the seat open and the jacket and helmet on. After a while I just find it handier to have it ready to go.
Nah, I need a place for my manpurse too....
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:55 pm quote
Here is how I use mine

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Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:03 pm quote
getting the rear rack was a must for me... i get all kinds of thing on the back of it

2500 flyer



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just make sure you do not tie it to tight.

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Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:07 pm quote
is that a pepperoni w/mushrooms?
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:10 pm quote
no just the cheese is... well done
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:31 pm quote
If I can locate the Martha Stewart basket I may be copying that this weekend. I do like the idea of being able to remove a basket for other important items. Like PIZZA!
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Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:52 pm quote
Re: Using Vespa rear rack
markw wrote:
I just installed a rear rack on my LX150, the kind that is spring loaded to stay in the vertical position. I just had to have this and now I can't really figure out the best way to use it. How are people using this rack? Do you strap it down? Do you use bungees to hold packages on the rack? Will it crush packages if it is not strapped down? Or do you affix permanent bags or boxes to the rack? Newbie needs suggestions.
Not LX, it's PX. But maybe can insipire to you





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Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:43 pm quote
San Jose Vespa sells a nice little clip for that. Worth the cost in my book.

http://www.sjvespa.com/parts.asp?searchtype=0&cat=Accessories

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Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:52 am quote
Some of the more mechanically inclined on the board have taken the rack apart and reversed the spring to have the rack permanently down, then use a strap or clip ti keep it folded up.
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Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:11 am quote
I hold the rack down using one of the aluminum clips from San jose Vespa. Then I attach a roll bag from Prima to it.

www.scooterworks.com/Saddle_Bag_Vintage_Style_-_Pr_P3765C204.cfm

The Prima bag has 4 small straps on the bottom that snap arond the bars on the rack. You can attach/detach the bag in a few seconds. SX Appeal also makes a similar looking roll bag. But while there are loops underneath for straps, I don't believe that any straps come with the SX bag and you have to jury rig your own. Someone used small cat collars.
The only problem with these scooter roll bags is that you should take it with you when you leave the scooter or it will gone for sure when you return.
Prima also makes a nice steel "milk carton basket" similar to the Martha Stewart one shown above. But he Prima basket is made to be attached to a scooter rack
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Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:02 pm quote
Thanks for the showing the Pima roll. Are you pretty happy with it? Is it easy to take off and on all the time or does that become a hassle? They sure are nice looking!
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Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:32 am quote
The four straps underneath just wrap around the bars and snap together. I only use three because the 4th one doesn't line up with any of the rack bars. It takes about 10 seconds to put it on the rack. If I'm making just a short stop, I will lock the bag to the scooter using one of those combination locks that has a retractable wire cord on it. You can buy them in any hardware store. I wrap it though metal loops on the front of the bag and through the rack bar. It only deters a passerby who might be tempted to steal the bag if it was easy to do. The wire can obviously be easily cut if you happen to have a good pair of wire cutters on you.
If I intend to be away from the scooter for a while, I'll take the bag with me. If someone has a better way to lock the Prima or SX roll bag to the rack, I'd be interested. I tried all kinds of locks (to go throught the metal loops on the front of the bag) but this was the fastest/easiest although not the most secure.
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Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:49 am quote
The clip that San Jose Vespa sells used to come included with the scooter/rack. It did with my GTS but not with my LXV. Bummer! It's, what, a .10 part???
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Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:54 am quote
Bought my LXV from San Jose Vespa and the spring loaded rack on it stays down on its own. The sales guy there was actually quite surprised by that in mentioning that it looks like I didn't need the clip. So far it still stays down all on its own.
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